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The Halloween Costume Ideas skill will serve up ideas until you find the right one. Just say, "Alexa, open Halloween Costume Ideas. Read more: Easiest costumes for Halloween Alexa has a few thematic jokes up its sleeve. Just say, "Alexa, tell me a Halloween joke. A zombie in a tuxedo. When Halloween's over, dive into the 10 weirdest things your Amazon Echo can do and read how Amazon Echo's auto features will make your day smooth as buttah.
Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Don't show this again. Taylor Martin , Katie Conner. Play spooky sounds It's not Halloween without spooky sounds, and there are many Alexa skills that are designed for that purpose. Spooky Halloween Sounds will play a continuous loop of spooky sounds until you tell Alexa to stop. Just say "Alexa, start Spooky Halloween Sounds" to get started. Children in costumes travel from house to house, asking for treats with the phrase "Trick or treat".
The "treat" is usually some form of candy , although in some cultures money is given instead. The "trick" refers to a threat, usually idle, to perform mischief on the homeowner s or their property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating usually occurs on the evening of October Some homeowners signal that they are willing to hand out treats by putting up Halloween decorations outside their doors; others simply leave treats available on their porches for the children to take freely.
Houses may also leave their porch light on as a universal indicator that they have candy. In Britain and Ireland , the tradition of going house to house collecting food at Halloween goes back at least as far as the 16th century, as does the tradition of people wearing costumes at Halloween. There are many accounts from 19th-century Britain and Ireland of people going house to house in costume at Halloween, reciting verses in exchange for food, and sometimes warning of misfortune if they were not welcomed. The earliest known occurrence there of the Scottish Halloween custom of "guising" — children going from house to house for food or money while disguised in costume  — is from , when children were recorded as having done this in Ontario, Canada.
Traditions similar to the modern custom of trick-or-treating extend all the way back to classical antiquity , although it is extremely unlikely that any of them are directly related to the modern custom. The ancient Greek writer Athenaeus of Naucratis records in his book The Deipnosophists that, in ancient times, the Greek island of Rhodes had a custom in which children would go from door-to-door dressed as swallows, singing a song , which demanded the owners of the house to give them food and threatened to cause mischief if the owners of the house refused.
Since the Middle Ages , a tradition of mumming on a certain holiday has existed in parts of Britain and Ireland. It involved going door-to-door in costume, performing short scenes or parts of plays in exchange for food or drink. The custom of trick-or-treating on Halloween may come from the belief that supernatural beings, or the souls of the dead, roamed the earth at this time and needed to be appeased. It may otherwise have originated in a Celtic festival, held on 31 October—1 November, to mark the beginning of winter. The festival is believed to have pre-Christian roots.
Similar beliefs and customs were found in other parts of Europe. It is suggested that trick-or-treating evolved from a tradition whereby people impersonated the spirits, or the souls of the dead, and received offerings on their behalf. Peddle suggests they "personify the old spirits of the winter, who demanded reward in exchange for good fortune".
At least as far back as the 15th century, among Christians, there had been a custom of sharing soul-cakes at Allhallowtide October 31 through November 2. The wearing of costumes, or "guising", at Hallowmas, had been recorded in Scotland in the 16th century  and was later recorded in other parts of Britain and Ireland.
If the household donated food it could expect good fortune from the 'Muck Olla', but if they refused to do so, it would bring misfortune. Guising at Halloween in Scotland is recorded in , where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit, and money. American historian and author Ruth Edna Kelley of Massachusetts wrote the first book length history of the holiday in the US; The Book of Hallowe'en , and references souling in the chapter "Hallowe'en in America"; "The taste in Hallowe'en festivities now is to study old traditions, and hold a Scotch party, using Burn's poem Hallowe'en as a guide; or to go a-souling as the English used.
In short, no custom that was once honored at Hallowe'en is out of fashion now. All Hallowe'en customs in the United States are borrowed directly or adapted from those of other countries". While the first reference to "guising" in North America occurs in , another reference to ritual begging on Halloween appears, place unknown, in , with a third reference in Chicago in The earliest known use in print of the term "trick or treat" appears in , from Blackie, Alberta :.
No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc. The thousands of Halloween postcards produced between the start of the 20th century and the s commonly show children but do not depict trick-or-treating. Tricksters of various sorts are shown on the early postcards, but not the means of appeasing them".
Trick-or-treating does not seem to have become a widespread practice until the s, with the first U. Behavior similar to trick-or-treating was more commonly associated with Thanksgiving from shortly after that holiday's formalization until the s. In New York City, a Thanksgiving ritual known as Ragamuffin Day involved children dressing up as beggars and asking for treats, which later evolved into dressing up in more diverse costumes.
Almost all pre uses of the term "trick-or-treat" are from the United States and Canada.
Let us have this day, you know? In fact, there are a diversity of opinions regarding when to end trick or treating, the most restrictive of which is age 12, the least restrictive at any age, and a common rule of thumb being "if you are old enough to drive a car you are too old to beg strangers for candy". Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Wolf Face Decal. In Britain and Ireland , the tradition of going house to house collecting food at Halloween goes back at least as far as the 16th century, as does the tradition of people wearing costumes at Halloween. Thank you Alex Cornacchia for transcribing our episodes and updating the website with the latest show notes, my recommendations of other things to read and listen to related to this episode. I could never have made it without her.
Trick-or-treating spread throughout the United States, stalled only by World War II sugar rationing that began in April, and lasted until June, Although some popular histories of Halloween have characterized trick-or-treating as an adult invention to re-channel Halloween activities away from Mischief Night vandalism, there are very few records supporting this. Des Moines , Iowa is the only area known to have a record of trick-or-treating being used to deter crime.
Despite the concept of trick-or-treating originating in Britain and Ireland in the form of souling and guising, the use of the term "trick or treat" at the doors of homeowners was not common until the s. Guising requires those going door-to-door to perform a song or poem without any jocular threat,  and according to one BBC journalist, in the s, "trick or treat" was still often viewed as an exotic and not particularly welcome import, with the BBC referring to it as "the Japanese knotweed of festivals" and "making demands with menaces".
Very often, the phrase "trick or treat" is simply said and the revellers are given sweets, with the choice of a trick or a treat having been discarded. Trick-or-treating typically begins at dusk which can vary according to region on October 31st. It can range between PM—PM. Some municipalities choose other dates. While not every residence may be decorated for the holiday, those participating in the handing out of candy will opt to leave a porch light on to signify that the opportunity for candy is available.
Some homeowners may go as far as asking trick-or-treaters for a "trick" before providing them with candy, while others simply leave the candy in bowls on the porch. In more recent years, [ when? There is a significant difference from the way the practice has developed in North America with the jocular threat. In Scotland and Ireland, the children are only supposed to receive treats if they perform a party trick for the households they go to.
This normally takes the form of singing a song or reciting a joke or a funny poem which the child has memorised before setting out. If it rains, will the event be cancelled? Event occurs rain or shine. No refunds will be given. Where is Universal Studios Hollywood located? We are conveniently located right off the Hollywood Freeway, approximately ten minutes north of Downtown Los Angeles.
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How much are tickets? Prices vary depending on the night. Visit the Tickets page for more info. Does my daytime park admission allow me to stay for HHN? Are tickets refundable? Sorry, no refunds will be available for this event. Yes, Annual and Season Pass Members may purchase Halloween Horror Nights tickets for both themselves and their Guests by taking advantage of a special discount. To purchase, enter your Pass Member ID located on the back of your Pass where requested after clicking here.
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